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GENERATION RIPE

Wendi McLendon-Covey, Dfernando Zaremba

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A podcast for teenagers over 40! A GENERATION RIPE listener is someone who thinks of their age as an asset, not a liability. We are older people with young souls or younger people with old souls. We are a tribe of curious creatives who still embrace new experiences and aren’t afraid of taking risks. Whatever happens, good or bad, at least we’ll learn something new and get a good story out of it. If you’re lucky enough to have your bestie by your side to cheer you on, even better. Co-hosted b ...
 
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Episode 74 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is writer, speaker, cheerleader, and catalyzer of communities for women: Lux ATL. Lux ATL is a former university instructor and lifelong exotic dancer turned itinerant preacher for women’s empowerment through sensual awakening. Through her workshops, retreats, and digital courses, she helps women…
 
Episode 73 and Wendi and Dfernando celebrate the New Year hanging out in her Long Beach closet and talk about his love of cheese, their peaceful New Year's Eve celebration, Wendi's Annual Rose Pedal Gratitude Walk, Chinese food, and the Vivienne Westwood documentary WESTWOOD, which inspired Wendi to start dressing more eccentric as she gets older. …
 
Episode 72 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is legendary multi-award winning singer, dancer, actress, choreographer, and film director Toni Basil. Toni Basil is a multiple Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee and has choreography and directorial credits on over 50 videos and has choreographed and co-directed concerts for Tina Turner,…
 
Episode 71 and its the 2021 Holiday Season and Wendi and Dfernando chat about her new film RENO 911!: THE HUNT FOR QANON (streaming on Paramount Plus), her upcoming appearance at SF SKETCHFEST in San Francisco, Heather McDonald, Tova Leigh and her promo material for her new book YOU DID WHAT?, being sent by accident personal adult photos, to Richar…
 
Episode 70 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is award winning novelist, comedian, poet, and storyteller Derrick C. Brown. Derrick first discovered poetry as a young man enlisted in the United States Army. He often found himself spending hours in foxholes needing to pass the time. He began rewriting psalms from his military-issue Bible in a …
 
Episode 69 and GENERATION RIPE's interview is a revisit with Episode 30 guest: actress, writer, director, producer, and licensed therapist Shelley McLendon. Originally from Long Beach, California, Shelley McLendon has lived in the northwest for over 25 years. She is known for writing sketch comedy as well as adapting cult movies into staged parodie…
 
Episode 68 and Wendi and Dfernando continue their interview with Episode 67 guest: actress and writer Jennifer Irwin. Jennifer Irwin is best known for her roles on television as Virginia Kremp on the long-running ABC TV comedy THE GOLDBERGS, Linda Michaels on ABC TV’s comedy STILL STANDING, Dolly Durkins on the CW’s iZOMBIE, Laurie Neustadt on the …
 
Episode 67 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is actress and writer Jennifer Irwin. Jennifer Irwin is best known for her roles on television as Virginia Kremp on the long-running ABC TV comedy THE GOLDBERGS, Linda Michaels on ABC TV’s comedy STILL STANDING, Dolly Durkins on the CW’s iZOMBIE, Laurie Neustadt on the NBC TV comedy SUPERSTORE, a…
 
Episode 66 and Wendi and Dfernando talk about late night Taco Bell cravings, Zillow browsing homes, having your aging parents move in with you, to Wendi's recent concert outings with The Rolling Stones and The Doobie Brothers. Episode 66 also includes another addition to the popular GENERATION RIPE segment: a Clip Show, where Wendi and Dfernando sh…
 
Episode 65 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is with rapper, entertainer and author Moshow The Cat Rapper. Born and raised in inner Baltimore, MD, Moshow defied the odds to build a name for himself as the Internet’s premiere Cat Rapper. He is primarily known for his songs about cats and women who love them. He is featured on the “Cat Rapper…
 
Episode 64 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is writer, comedian, and Lucille Lortel Award nominated actor Kevin Zak. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Kevin discovered his love for performing and took it upon himself to find a way of turning that into a career. While in college he decided to take initiative and started applying for int…
 
Episode 63 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is actress, writer and producer Melissa Peterman. Melissa Peterman is best known for her roles on the long-running comedy series REBA (as Barbra Jean) and the ABC Family/Freeform comedy BABY DADDY (as Bonnie Wheeler). She currently can be see on the CBS comedy YOUNG SHELDON (as Brenda Sparks). Up…
 
Episode 62 and Wendi and Dfernando answer a bunch of questions. The co-hosts take turns asking each other the 10 questions that many are familiar with from Bravo's INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDO - the 10 questions that James Lipton asked each guest. These questions originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot on his show Apostrophes, after th…
 
Episode 61 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is writer, performer and content creator Tova Leigh. Tova Leigh was born in Israel and practiced Law, working as a Labor Law attorney for two years before moving to the UK in 2006 to pursue a career in acting. With an MA in Performing Arts and a diploma in Script Writing, Tova went on to write, a…
 
Episode 60 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is actress, writer, comedian and voice artist Laraine Newman. An original SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast member, Laraine Newman grew up in Los Angeles with movie star neighbors, was witness to the 1960’s music scene, saw the rise of comedy in the early 1970s, and studied mime in Paris under the tutelag…
 
Episode 59 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is model, production designer, sustainability activist and entrepreneur Taja Feistner. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Taja Feistner was scouted for modeling while waitressing after dropping out of art school. After spending several years traveling internationally as a model, she realized the e…
 
Episode 58 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is author, editor and publisher Stacey Aaronson. Stacey Aaronson is the product of an exceptionally loving, accepting, and big-hearted family who have always encouraged her to be no one but her authentic self. After a twenty year career in retail leadership roles, she finally uncovered her gifts …
 
Episode 57 and Wendi and Dfernando have their second Clip Show episode. On Episode 50, Dfernando did a Clip Show featuring 4 past female guests so for Episode 57, Wendi and Dfernando decided it would be great to highlight past males guests and some of their stories heard on past episodes. Though most of our guests primarily work in the entertainmen…
 
Episode 56 and Wendi and Dfernando's 2nd part interview with Episode 55 guest: author, belly dancer, teacher and mom Marci Darling. Marci Darling has worked as a professional belly dancer for twenty years, and danced on tourwith The Go-Go’s, Paul McCartney, The B-52sand many others as well as taught children all over the world and volunteered with …
 
Episode 55 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is author, belly dancer, teacher and mom Marci Darling. Marci Darling has worked as a professional belly dancer for twenty years, and danced on tour with The Go-Go’s, Paul McCartney, The B-52s and many others as well as taught children all over the world and volunteered with terminally ill childr…
 
Episode 54 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is multi-platinum, award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and author Jann Arden. Arden has released 14 albums with 19 top ten singles. Her most recent project, HITS & OTHER GEMS was released in September 2020 and features Arden’s hit songs “Could I Be Your Girl,” “I Would Die For You,” and a s…
 
Episode 53 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is fashion illustrator and artist Richard Haines. Richard Haines moved to Manhattan in the 1970s and proceeded to rack up the La Ronde of résumés. He dreamed of becoming a fashion illustrator, but after discovering that was a dead career, he became a successful clothing designer for the likes of …
 
Episode 52 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is painter and film and television grip Alex Selkowitz. Alex Selkowitz is a contemporary painter living in Los Angeles. He is inspired by the cities juxtaposition of urban sprawl and green spaces. His process begins with snapshots of his surroundings, which are sketched, and used as studies for h…
 
Episode 51 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is actor, writer, improvisor and comedian Sam Pancake. Sam Pancake grew up in Romney, West Virginia. For over thirty years, he has been one of the very few openly gay continuously working character actors of his generation. He is known for numerous recurring and guest-starring television roles on…
 
Episode 50 and Dfernando is riding solo as Wendi is busy filming the movie PAINT alongside Owen Wilson, Stephen Root, Michaela Watkins and others. Wendi will be back for Episode 51. Since it's GENERATION RIPE's 50th episode, Wendi and Dfernando decided it would be great to highlight some stories heard on past episodes. Though most of our guests pri…
 
Episode 49 and after a little technical snafu, Wendi and Dfernando resume regular podcast duties with Wendi on location in Saratoga Springs, NY filming the movie PAINT opposite Owen Wilson, and they discuss some current topics. They both enthusiastically discuss Ryan Murphy's upcoming Netflix limited series HALSTON (starring Ewan McGregor as iconic…
 
Episode 48 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is world renowned sex expert and bestselling author Tracey Cox. As one of the world’s foremost writers on sex and relationships , Tracey Cox has toured the world as an international sex, body language and relationship expert. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN and The Today Show in the U.S., as well …
 
Episode 47 and it's GENERATION RIPE's One Year Anniversary! Wendi and Dfernando celebrate making it to a year and chat about several topics, including all the things they've learned from doing the podcast -- from discovering that every guest's life journey has been more fascinating than the high profile projects we know them for all the way to the …
 
Episode 46 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is SAG Award winning comic actress and singer Kate Flannery. Kate Flannery is best known for her work on television and is most notably known for playing Meredith Palmer on the long-running NBC comedy THE OFFICE and as the voice of Carol on the animated series OK K.O.! LET’S BE HEROES. A former m…
 
Episode 45 and Wendi and Dfernando announce an upcoming appearance on a network game show, Wendi’s first Pfizer vaccine shot and her taking up tap dancing, the real Beverly Goldberg’s legendary banana bread, another COVID dating story and Wendi‘s beauty and make-up tips and recommendations. On the RIPE & ROTTEN REPORT there is THE REAL WORLD: Homec…
 
Episode 44 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is writer, actor, producer and director Steve Basilone. Steve Basilone is known as a producer and writer on the long-running ABC comedy THE GOLDBERGS. After writing an episode for the ABC comedy HAPPY ENDINGS, he soon became a writer on the NBC comedy COMMUNITY and the recent NBC comedy INDEBTED …
 
Episode 43 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is comic actress Irene White. Irene White was born in Beirut, Lebanon and is best known as Carol on the NBC comedy series SUPERSTORE and countless TV commercials. She has appeared on countless classic TV shows, ranging from DHARMA & GREG, ALLY McBEAL, 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, FRASIER, FRIENDS (as C…
 
Episode 42 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is actress, comedian and writer Mary Lynn Rajskub. Mary Lynn Rajskub may be best known for playing Chloe on the FOX drama “24” and also Gail the Snail on IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA. You may have also seen her in the films ROAD TRIP, NIGHT SCHOOL, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, WILSON, SWEET HOME A…
 
Episode 41 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is Canadian multi-medalist Olympic ice dancer and linquist Paul Poirier. Paul Poirier started skating at age five. In standard Canadian tradition, he was put into ice hockey along with his brothers but instead of chasing the puck, he would spin on the face-off dots. Once he was officially enrolle…
 
Episode 40 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is the King of Vintage, DECADES founder, author and Fashion Director of H HALSTON and H BY HALSTON: Cameron Silver. Since fashion philanthropist Cameron Silver opened the doors of DECADES in 1997, the dress code in Los Angeles has irrevocably changed due – in large part – to Silver exhorting his …
 
Episode 39 and Wendi and Dfernando bring up the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, Dfernando's latest fashion editorial work in DESIRE HOMME Magazine and CLIENT Magazine, the last time they both spent time together pre-pandemic, the COVID vaccination along with congratulations to the recent Critic's Choice Awards nominees: SYLVIE'S LOVE, RENO 911!, Te…
 
Episode 38 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is with muliti-award winning television host/personality, businesswoman and author Bevy Smith. Bevy Smith is the host of SiriusXM’s BEVELATIONS on Radio Andy and a former co-host of Bravo’s FASHION QUEENS and the entertainment news show PAGE SIX TV. She has been regularly featured on WATCH WHAT H…
 
Episode 37 and Wendi and Dfernando's guest interview is with visual artist and home designer/builder Michael Soltis. Michael Soltis is an American/Canadian visual artist and home designer/builder. He has a Masters Degree in Education, has worked in the business and non-profit sector as a high level manager, and was a film and television actor for s…
 
Episode 36 and Wendi and Dfernando close out the year 2020. As we all close out 2020, Wendi and Dfernando open the episode with the acclaimed documentary THE BEE GEES: How Can You Men a Broken Heart, things they both did during the Christmas break, Dfernando shares his New Year's Eve Times Square tips and Wendi shares a high school memory. On the R…
 
Wendi and Dfernando's thirty-fifth episode is actress, writer, stand-up comedienne & producer Naomi Ekperigin. After graduating from college, Naomi Ekperigin spent a year touring with the National Theatre for the Deaf, and she returned to New York in 2007 where she got her start doing stand-up while working a day job at an art magazine. When that m…
 
Wendi and Dfernando's thirty-fourth episode is speaker, musician, author, husband/father and award-winning filmmaker Tim Frost. Along with every mention above, Tim Frost is also an author of hope from firsthand experiences of survival. He emits a positive and light-hearted energy when he speaks to a large crowd or in a one-on-one conversation. You …
 
Wendi and Dfernando's thirty-third episode and their guest is former NY Politico, writer, producer, rock singer and U.S. Editor of SLiNK Magazine: Renee Cafaro. Renee Cafaro is what can easily be called a triple threat: Ivy league educated, politically active and a strong voice for size-inclusive fashion — the New York-based writer and U.S. Editor …
 
Wendi and Dfernando's thirty-second episode and their guest is comedian, actress, writer, producer and best-selling author Heather McDonald. Born and raised in Southern California, Heather McDonald is best known for her work as one of the writers, producers and performers on E! Entertainment’s top rated shows CHELSEA LATELY for its entire 7 year ru…
 
Wendi and Dfernando's thirty-first episode and their guest interview is award winning actor, writer and producer Harvey Guillén. Harvey Guillén’s acting journey began as a six-year-old watching the musical ANNIE on television. He ran over to his mother and said, "I want to be that! I want to be an orphan!" Confused, his mother then explained that t…
 
Wendi and Dfernando's thirtieth episode and their guest interview is actress, writer, director, producer, and licensed therapist Shelley McLendon. Originally from Long Beach, California, Shelley McLendon has lived in the northwest for over 25 years. She is known for writing sketch comedy as well as adapting cult movies into staged parodies that are…
 
Episode 29 and Wendi and Dfernando celebrate Halloween. It's Halloween and the hosts chat about classic Halloween episodes of THE GOLDBERGS, Wendi's return to the set of RENO 911!'s Season 8, Jamie Lee Curtis, and their 5 favorite classic horror films. And on the RIPE & ROTTEN REPORT there's the Netflix series EMILY IN PARIS, Tyson's Crispy Chicken…
 
Episode 28 and Wendi and Dfernando celebrate their one year Friend-iversary. After months of frequently sliding into each other's DMs on Instagram whenever something of interest came across their desks - like a new film trailer, an fabulous photo, etc, - Wendi and Dfernando finally met in person on Sunday October 20, 2019 in New York City on a phot…
 
Wendi and Dfernando's twenty-seventh episode and their guest interview is costume designer, writer and producer Keri Smith. For the past 8 Seasons, Keri has been responsible for all the costumes on the ABC TV comedy THE GOLDBERGS, including the now-iconic 80s sweaters our co-host Wendi McLendon-Covey wears as Beverly Goldberg. Her costumes designs …
 
Wendi and Dfernando's twenty-sixth episode and their guest interview is actress, comedian, singer, producer and writer Shannon DeVido. On television she played nemesis comedian Andrea Mumford for 3 Seasons on the critically acclaimed Hulu original series DIFFICULT PEOPLE. Other work on television: Netflix's INSATIABLE, Comedy Central's DELCO PROPER…
 
Wendi and Dfernando's twenty-fifth episode and their guest interview is dancer, actress, teacher and acclaimed Fosse reconstructeur Dana Moore. Dana is a twelve time veteran of the Broadway stage. She has been featured in countless Broadway musicals, from A CHORUS LINE, DANCIN', THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, ON YOUR TOES, SUGAR BABIES, SINGIN' IN THE RA…
 
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